Daniel Bertram with his sister and brother

Daniel Bertram with his sister and brother
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  • Photo taken in:
    Jordanow
    Year when photo was taken:
    1938
    Country name at time of photo:
    Poland
    Country name today:
    Poland
This is one of my favorite photos - a picture of me (first on the right), my sister Ernestyna Bertram (first on the left) and my brother Henryk Bertram (in the center). It was taken in Jordanow, in 1938, during summer holidays. We were so happy then. I was the oldest of us brothers and sisters. My brother Henryk was four years younger. My sister Ernestyna, or Nusia - that's what we called her - was seven years younger than me. Each of us went to a different school. Nusia went to 'Konopnicka'. That was a girls' school. And on the next street was the boys' school. Henryk went to that boys' school first, and then he moved. After that he went to evening school, to an evening grammar school on the Main Square, and worked at the same time. My brother and sister and I never spent time together. All we did together was eat breakfast, or dinner or supper. And other than that each of us went his own way. For all meals the whole family always sat at the table together. But other than that everyone went their own ways and I didn't know anything, what kind of life my sister led, what my brother did, where he went to school, if he had a tutor. I didn't know anything. I spoke to my brother and sister in Polish, and my parents spoke to each other in Yiddish.

Interview details

Interviewee: Daniel Bertram
Interviewer:
Edyta Gawron
Month of interview:
January
Year of interview:
2004
Krakow, Poland

KEY PERSON

Daniel Bertram
Year of birth:
1920
City of birth:
Cracow
Country name at time of birth:
Poland
Occupation
before WW II:
Accountant/Bookkeeper
after WW II:
Accountant/Bookkeeper

Other Person

Henryk Bertram
Year of birth:
1924
City of birth:
Cracow
Country name at time of birth:
Poland
Year of death:
1942
City of death:
Belzec
Country of death:
Poland
Died where:
Belzec
Occupation
before WW II:
Employed by craftsman

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